From the Pastor's Desk - Archive

May 16, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is now almost one full year since the public celebration of Mass in Catholic churches across Connecticut returned after a three-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. In that time, attendance at Mass has not been a source of viral spread anywhere in the state. Very simply, we have learned over this last year that attending Mass is at least as safe as any other activity, including grocery shopping, dining in restaurants, going to school or work, or exercising in a gym. I believe that this is a sign of God’s protection over…read more

May 9, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Though it may seem an unlikely connection, our celebration this Sunday of Mother’s Day bears a strong spiritual connection to the great feast of Pentecost and the whole life of the Church. Today we celebrate our mothers, the women who gave us the gift of life, the women who nurtured that gift in us, the women who by virtue of biology, spiritual relation, adoption, or personal influence have shown us the deeper meaning of our humanity. We honor our mothers and those women in our lives who have taken on a maternal role, both…read more

May 2, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In an episode of “Parks and Recreation” (a show that belongs in the discussion of best comedies after “The Office”), the town of Pawnee, IN is running a budget youth basketball league. Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer are tasked with coaching the two teams. Ron’s team is disciplined and coached in the finer points of basketball, running drills while also learning valuable life lessons (explained by the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness). Andy’s team is the exact opposite. Ron teaches the boys how the game works and how to take the game seriously. Andy is…read more

April 25, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The patron saint of parish priests, St. John Marie Vianney, summarized the vocation to the priesthood in these words: “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Christ.” In his ministry in the tiny village of Ars, France, he brought the love of the heart of Christ not only to the 230 residents of the town, but also to the countless souls who came through the village eager to see this holy priest. In the last ten years of his four decades serving in Ars, St. John Vianney spent up to 16 hours…read more

April 11, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The late Francis Cardinal George once wrote “In the United States, everything is permitted, even encouraged. … But, while practically everything might be permitted, practically nothing is forgiven. By contrast, in the Church much is not permitted. … But while much is not permitted, everything can be forgiven. Our culture pulls us towards vengeance, our faith towards mercy.” On this Divine Mercy Sunday, his words echo powerfully in my heart, for we indeed live in a time when permissiveness is run amok and forgiveness is in short supply. Today it is often referred to…read more